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The seminar with Yaprak Gürsoy will analyse how authoritarian and democratic regimes originate and consolidate in countries where the military is a significant political actor, by focusing on Greece and Turkey as primary cases and Egypt and Thailand as secondary cases. 

About Yaprak Gürsoy

Yaprak Gürsoy is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University and a senior member at the University of Oxford, St Antony's College. Her areas of interest include comparative politics, regime change, civil-military relations, foreign policy and populism.

She is the author of Between Military Rule and Democracy: Regime Consolidation in Greece, Turkey, and Beyond (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming in 2017) and The Transformation of Civil-Military Relations in Turkey (in Turkish) (Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2013). Her scholarly publications have appeared in Political Science Quarterly, Democratization, South European Society and Politics, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, and Turkish Studies, among others.

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster has a partnership agreement with Istanbul Bilgi University.

The event is open to all students and staff at the University of Westminster, as well as members of the public. You can attend by emailing [email protected].